Presentation on theme: "TUTORIAL Grant Preparation & Project Management. Grant preparation What are the procedures during the grant preparations? The coordinator - on behalf."— Presentation transcript:
Grant preparation What are the procedures during the grant preparations? The coordinator - on behalf of the whole consortium - is invited by the Commission to help prepare a grant agreement. All grant preparations happen electronically and in a transparent way. The Participant Portal is used including the signature of the Grant Agreement.
Grant preparation What are the procedures during the grant preparations? During the grant preparation phase legal, financial, and administrative issues are resolved. The proposal will be transformed into the Description of Action“ (Annex I) which becomes part of the Grant Agreement.
Grant preparation What are the procedures during the grant preparations? Our advice If you encounter problems in meeting the scheduled time line of the grant preparations, contact your coordinator, resp. the EC immediately. The EC or the responsible project officer can be contacted via the coordinator only. For further information on grant preparations, please click here.here
Grant preparation Grant Agreement Signature of the Grant Agreement (GA) is the last step of the grant preparation phase. The GA is concluded between the EC and the coordinator on behalf of the whole consortium. In a consortium, beneficiaries other than the coordinator accede to the GA by signing an accession form. What contracts are being concluded?
Grant preparation Consortium Agreement The Consortium Agreement (CA) is a contract among the partners of a project to establish their rights and obligations with respect to the imple- The EC is not a partner to the CA. What contracts are being concluded? mentation and organisation of the action. The CA also defines the internal organisation of the project, the distribution of the funding, and how to deal with IPR once the project is com- pleted.
Grant preparation What contracts are being concluded? Consortium Agreement The conclusion of a CA is compulsory in Horizon 2020 unless stated otherwise in the call text! Usually, the process of GA signature is not initiated before the CA is signed by all partners. This is therefore a very time critical issue and deserves ample attention.
Grant preparation What contracts are being concluded? Our advice Make sure to be involved in all stages of the CA, and read each draft version thoroughly. This enables you to negotiate better terms and conditions, e.g. regarding better access rights, resp. limiting access rights to existing knowledge. If needed, we recommend to consult professional advisors, e.g. lawyer or patent attorney.
Project Management What is required from the project management? Ensure transparent and clearly structured allocation of roles and tasks among the partners. Define responsibilities and decision-making procedures as well as a risk management system. Continuously monitor that set objectives will be achieved and that the deadlines are met. The project management structure should match the size and type of the project and should take interdisciplinary and multi-cultural aspects into account.
Project Management What is required from the project management? Our advice Ensure that the internal rules are clear and understood by all project partners from the start. Allocate important roles in the management structure only to dedicated and responsive partners. Find straightforward and efficient decision making structures. The rules for decision-making should differ with regard to the level of importance of the matter.
Project Management What reports are requested? All reports requested by the EC and the respective reporting periods are set out in the GA. Depending on the funding instrument, there might be one or several reporting periods. All regulations of the GA are commented and explained in the Annotated Model Grant Agreement“ of the EC. Annotated Model Grant Agreement
Project Management What reports are requested? The coordinator must submit both: a ‘periodic report’ after the end of each reporting period (including the last one) and a ‘final report’ at the end of the action The periodic reports comprise descriptions of the work carried out, an overview of progress, financial statements and – if necessary – certificates on the financial statements.
Project Management What is required from the project management? Our advice Continuous documentation of your project‘s activities significantly facilitates your reporting. For internal reporting (if applicable), the coordinator is expected to define the general structure and related procedures at the beginning of the project.
Project Management How about the exploitation and dissemination of project results? For the exploitation of results, it is essential to follow the regulations set out in the GA and the CA. Research results can be published and/or presented on conferences if all partners were informed about the dissemination in advance and no objections were raised, and if confidentiality interests of the other partners are not infringed. H2020 works under the Open Access principle, i.e. all publications must ultimately be provided at no charge to the user, but there is no obligation to publish!
Project Management How about the exploitation and dissemination of project results? You can file a patent application and grant licenses for innovations. In case of joint ownership, a Joint Ownership Agreement‘ is compulsory. The agreement regulates the exertion of the joint rights among the joint owners. Get support for the internationalisation of your project results from the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN): http://een.ec.europa.eu/
Project Management How about the exploitation and dissemination of project results? Our advice Make sure to agree on rules for the dissemination of results in the CA before the start of the project. Take divergent interests of academic and industrial partners into account. Consider using the Fit for Health 2.0 training services on exploitation of project results!
Project Management When is a project finished? The duration of the project is set out in the GA (start and end month). At the end of the action, the coordinator must submit a final technical report to the EC. This report is comprised of a publishable summary of the entire action, describing the overview of the results and their exploitation and dissemination, the conclusions on the action and its socio-economic impact. The EC has 90 days from receiving the report for its assessment, approval and for issuing the respective project payment.
Project Management When is a project finished? Only after the final report has been approved, the final payment will be made. All payments will be made to the coordinator who will distribute the amounts received to the beneficiaries of the consortium. After receiving the final payment, the coordinator must submit a report concerning the distribution of the payment to the partners. Please note In justified cases, e.g. poor performance, breach of agreement, etc. the EC may terminate the project ahead of time.